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Supporting Scotland's vibrant voluntary sector

Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations

The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is the membership organisation for Scotland's charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises. Charity registered in Scotland SC003558. Registered office Mansfield Traquair Centre, 15 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh EH3 6BB.

Felix Spittal

Former Policy Officer at SCVO

New rules on Lobbying will affect charities in the run up to May 2016 Read more

Update following the summit in November Read more

This is SCVO's response to the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee's call for views on the Lobbying (Scotland) Bill. The Bill aims to increase transparency of lobbying by introducing a statutory register of paid lobbyists that meet with MSPs and Ministers... Read more

Introduction Passed by the Conservative-led coalition government in January 2014, the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (better known as the ‘Lobbying Act’) significantly amended campaign and election law in the United Kingdom... Read more

Introduction As it stands the Scotland Bill is not a coherent piece of legislation and, along with many in our sector, SCVO questions its effectiveness. We consider that this Bill ought to give the Scottish Parliament full policy autonomy over devolved areas, allowing for the... Read more

Policy Officer, Felix Spittal questions whether the new report ‘Holyrood exposed – a guide to Lobbying in Scotland’ is a helpful contribution to the debate on lobbying transparency in Scotland. Read more

Our response Introduction SCVO has maintained a clear position on extension of FOI to the third sector. We support the extension of Freedom of Information to include the provision of all public services, irrespective of whether those services are provided by public, private or... Read more

Policy Officer Felix Spittal looks at the 2015/2016 Programme for Government and gives his view on what it means for the third sector. Read more

The sector Ian Bell writes about in his article ‘What next: chuggers fundraising for the NHS?’ is definitely not one that I recognise or one that will be familiar to the people who work and volunteer for charitable organisations. Read more

Introduction SCVO welcomes the Scottish Government’s commitment to land reform and increased community ownership of land. It is encouraging to see the Policy Objectives[i] of the Bill referencing empowering people and increased public benefit as key goals of the Bill. The... Read more